This is a copy, with a few edits, from my post from last year.
I wish I could say that I have always appreciated the hard work that teachers do.
But, unfortunately, that is not the case.
my years as a student, they were certainly taken for granted, no
thought for all the prep work and time spent outside of the classroom.
The classrooms just come looking that way, right? With all those posters and creative bulletin boards?
didn't think about all the homework assignments, tests, project,
quizzes that had to be prepared before ever giving them to the
students. They just took them right out a book, didn't they?
mean, I know they had to spend time grading tests and homework, but
they could get that done in about 30 minutes after school was done for
Done with work at 4PM? Getting 3
months off in the summer and two weeks at Christmas, plus all those
other random holidays? Psh.
But that was then. Sorry, teachers, I was a self-absorbed, naive student.
I've had a few other lessons taught to me since then.
became thankful for teachers about 7 years ago, while a Houseparent at
Gateway Woods, when I realized that their work allowed me to have a few
moments with my toddlers. About 6 hours of breather before heading into
hours of supervision, behavior management, and mentor talks.
appreciation grew as I started to send our own children off for
school. We have been blessed with awesome teachers for all 3 of our
kids and I am so thankful to have God-fearing teachers to partner with
when it comes to our kids' education.
And now this year my appreciation has grown by leaps and bounds, for I am now married to a teacher.
heard that first-year teaching is hard. Really hard. And it proved itself true. It's a tough schedule to hold with a family to
boot. But of course, Paul did it without complaint.
And though the second year wasn't as crazy as the first, it still has it's long hours as there was a new class to teach on top of the one he already was teaching.
So, out of curiosity, I did the math.
puts in a 13 hour day, getting up at 4:30 AM and not stopping work until
5:30PM (I put in 30 minutes for drive time, but no meals because he eats
while he works). He then takes a break to hang out with the kids and I
- which I appreciate more than I can express! He then puts in another 2
hours after the kids go to bed. He works weekends, too, putting in
about another 11 hours between Saturday and Sunday. Lesson plans,
grading papers, answering parent emails, answering student emails, etc,
etc. Multiply that time, times 37 weeks (August to May minus 3 weeks for
Christmas break and Spring Break, which in actuality, he worked all of those breaks,
too!) and you get 3089 hours.
3089 hours. In 37 weeks.
A person who works 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year puts in 2080 hours.
though I know he will continue to get up at 4:30 AM through the summer and
put in a few hours of work before the kids wake up, let's just say we
are all looking forward to the summer.
teachers, I know Paul is not the only one doing these crazy hours. You
do SO much for such little pay. But you didn't get into this for the
money did you? It's those 'self-absorbed, naive children' (like I was
once!) that you care about. And that is what makes you great teachers.
I hope you feel appreciated by your students, their parents, your
principal, the School Board. Because you have one of the toughest,
exhausting, frustrating jobs in the world. Thank you.